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Old Uncle Henry Beckwith
Part of the Thursday, June 7, 1900 "Rhodesville Items" column in the Florence Herald by the correspondent "Abraham," noting that respected Rhodesville African-American resident. "Uncle" Henry Beckwith was mentally ill, believing he was a prisoner of…
This is an advertisement for Dr. C.S. Fenner, who advertised that he operated on cases of vesico-vaginal fistulas in women, particularly "planters who having negro women, who are useless...can, in most instances, have them restored to their full…
"An Old Landmark Gone"
This is a newspaper obituary for Leander Harris, 76 or 78, who was enslaved by Thomas Kirkman and was a jockey for James F. Jackson. Leander was the father of Bill Harris.
Archie Skipworth Drowned
A Thursday, July 4, 1901 Florence Herald report from a column titled "In Colored Circles" of the accidental drowning of black resident Archie Skipworth while crossing the Tennessee River to Jones Island in a skiff.
William Ragland's Mishap Crossing Cox's Creek
A Wednesday, January 25, 1882 Lauderdale News report of the mishap of African-American resident William Ragland, who lost a mule and four sacks of corn while attempting to cross Cox's Creek when his wagon got into deep water. Ragland and the other…
A Cutting Affray
A Tuesday, December 24, 1889 Sheffield Weekly Enterprise report of an altercation between African-American employees of the Cole Furnace Water Childs and Alfred McDaniels over money Childs owed McDaniels, which resulted in McDaniels striking Childs a…
In Colored Circles
A Thursday, July 1, 1901 Florence Herald column reporting on the news from Florence's African-American community.
Four Inducted in Armed Forces
A Thursday, May 9, 1957 Florence report of the induction into the armed forces of four men from Lauderdale County, including African-American Frank Evans Johnson.
The Police Court
An April 21, 1915 Florence Herald report of the arrest, trial and conviction of three men in Florence's police court, including black resident Andrew Beasley, charged with selling whiskey from his house on South Court Street, fined $104 and put to…
Henry Barnett the Oakland (in Lauderdale County) Weather Prophet
An excerpt from "Oakland Notes" by the correspondent "Oakland" writing the news and gossip of that community in SW Lauderdale County to the Florence Herald of July 6, 1899, and pitting local African-American, weather prognosticator and "long distance…